Writing Poems For Competition – 5 Different Forms Of Writing Poems

Posted on: 14th July 2014

Writing PoemsPoem writing competitions are a lot of fun, and it helps that they come with lovely prizes to win, in addition to having your poems published in a coffee-table edition. Contrary to common belief, you need not be born with the talent to write poems to enter these competitions. Anyone who is willing to learn the art of writing poetry, stands a good chance to win a prize.

The 5 Types Of Poems

There are many types of poems and before you start writing for competitions, it would be a good idea to learn all about such forms. The better you do your homework, the quicker you will know which one (or more) forms are best for you, so you could focus and write the best possible entry.

  1. Freestyle Form – this is the form most beginners use when entering various competitions. This is as the name indicates, free from any rules. In freestyle, everything is fluid, the length of the verses, the rhyme, the pace and so on. You are the master painter and you could use your poem as the vehicle to express your creativity best.
  1. Ballad Form – this form of poetry is used when you intend to write a very long story in rhyme. In most cases ballads have a chorus line, i.e. a few lines or the whole stanza that is being repeated.
  1. Sonnet Form – this is perhaps the most demanding of all styles of writing poetry. Sonnet has a particular way to follow, i.e. the whole poem should not be longer or shorter than 14 lines. Each line should have exactly 10 syllables. The first 12 out of the total 14 lines should rhyme alternatively, i.e. line no.1 would rhyme with line no.3, and so on. The last two lines however, should rhyme with one another.
  1. Limerick – at first glance, this form of poetry looks awfully odd.  A limerick will normally have 5 lines where the last line should rhyme with the first and second lines; the third and fourth line should rhyme with one another.
  1. Haiku – this is another seemingly odd form of poetry. It consists of just three verses, out of which the first should have only 5 syllables, the second verse, 7 syllables and the third and the last one should again have only 5 syllables. To write a poem worth entering a poetry competition, you should combine 3-5 Haikus together.

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